I spoke about Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at a School Safety and Prevention conference today. The audience was predominantly administrators looking for some awareness level training on this topic. Less then 1/2 of the people in the room had heard about PBIS.
During the intro session, I mentioned that PBIS seemed to be reaching a tipping point (to quote a phrase coined by Malcolm Gladwell). There are several reasons I reached this conclusion:
For these reasons ,nationally and locally, I believe that PBIS has finally hit a tipping point and educators are beginning to see the need for a school-wide Response to Intervention (RTI) approach to support disruptive behavior in school. Even though over 10,000 schools across the nation are currently implementing PBIS according to PBIS.org, we still have a long way to go.
Do we have the capacity for training?
My greatest concern, is that we don’t have the capacity to train all the schools and districts that have finally found their way to this very effective school-wide behavior intervention. I fear that, like a gold rush, prospectors will be lining up left and right to offer their services to train schools. However, with inadequate training and support, PBIS cannot be implemented with integrity and will therefore fail in far more schools then it succeeds. The result, teachers may think that it was a fad and an ineffective treatment- when the truth is that it was never implemented with enough integrity to do it’s job.
So, is PBIS at a tipping point? If so, do states have the capacity to train schools and teachers? How does it look from your corner of this world, leave me a comment, I’d like to hear.